Brent Porche

Brent Porche

Happy Birthday to Eric Bass of Shinedown!

Eric Bass was born William Frederic Bass Jr., on this day October 23, 1974, in Charlestown, South Carolina. He has been the bassist of “My Boys” in Shinedown since 2008. He is also a co-songwriter on many of the band’s more recent songs and has produced some of their most recent albums.

Bass grew up in a very musical family. They persuaded him to sing and play piano at an early age. At the age of 13, he received a trombone before moving onto guitar the following year. Eric was a drummer in the marching band in high school as well.

And for as talented of a musician as he is, Bass taught himself how to play guitar and bass without any formal lessons. Citing Robert DeLeo of Stone Temple Pilots, Chris Wolstenholme of Muse and Tim Commerford of Rage Against the Machine as some of his influences on bass guitar.

He played in several bands before joining Shinedown, including forming the band Deepfield, with Baxter Teal, in 2002. Bass would soon leave the band after becoming more drawn to the producing and recording side of the studio process.

Career with Shinedown

In 2008, right before the release of The Sound of Madness, Bass joined Shinedown after the band’s original bassist, Brad Stewart, left the group.

Bass has played on all of Shinedown’s albums since 2012’s Amaryllis, he has also produced several of the band’s albums, including parts of Threat To Survival, all of Attention! Attention! And all of their most recent album, Planet Zero.

Brent Porche, Zach Myers and Eric Bass

This shot is from backstage at the Freedom Mortgage Pavilion in Camden, NJ on their “Planet Zero World Tour”.

Known for his melodic bass playing and songwriting skills, Eric has co-written many of Shinedown’s biggest hits, including “Cut The Cord,” “Get Up,” “Monsters,” and of course their more recent smash-hit songs “Daylight” and “A Symptom of Being Human.” He is also a talented pianist/keyboardist and vocalist, and often sings backing vocals on Shinedown’s songs both on tape and live in concert.

Bass is also a strong advocate for mental health awareness and has openly spoken about his own struggles with depression. Bass’ bouts with depression has influenced his work, especially in Shinedown’s sixth album Attention! Attention! Bass’ condition and Brent Smith’s addiction influenced the album.

The songs that Eric & Brent have written and produced together in recent years have been some of Shinedown’s most critically acclaimed and commercially successful.

Bass is a super talented musician, songwriter and producer and has made significant contributions to Shinedown since joining the band 15 years ago!

And of course, we will be playing some of his finest work on my show today between 3pm & 7pm. Oh yeah… and today marks three years to the day that Shinedown was crowned MMR’s 2020 Rocktober Madness Champions of the World!

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  • Shinedown at the Festival Pier

    Brent Porche with Shinedown backstage at the Festival Pier in Philadelphia, PA.

    This shot was taken backstage at the Festival Pier in Philadelphia circa 2008/09 while Shinedown was out on their “Sound of Madness World Tour”.

  • Eric Bass at the 2023 MMR*B*Q

    Eric Bass rocking out at the 2023 MMR*B*Q at the Freedom Mortgage Pavilion in Camden, NJ.

    Eric Bass rocking out at the 2023 MMR*B*Q at the Freedom Mortgage Pavilion in Camden, NJ.

  • Shinedown at the Prudential Center (2023)

    Eric Bass & Brent Smith of Shinedown performing live at the Prudential Center in Newark, NJ.

    This shot of Eric and Brent was taken at the Prudential Center in Newark, NJ on Shinedown’s “The Revolution’s Live” tour.

  • Brent Porche with Shinedown at the Tower Theatre

    Brent Porche with Brent Smith, Zach Myers, Eric Bas and Barry Kerch of Shinedown at the Tower Theatre in Upper Darby.

    This shot was taken in the lobby of the Tower Theatre in Upper Darby before Shinedown’s show at the venue that night part of the Threat to Survival tour.

  • Brent Porche with Shinedown at Giant Center in Hershey, PA

    Barry Kerch, Eric Bass, Brent Porche and Brent Smith backstage at the Giant Center in Hershey, PA.

    This shot was taken backstage at the Giant Center in Hershey on the very first leg of Shinedown’s “Planet Zero World Tour”.

  • 2020 Rocktober Madness Champions!

    Shinedown was WMMR's Rocktober Madness Champions in 2020.

    Shinedown was WMMR’s Rocktober Madness Champions in 2020.

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